Women’s Health Project

The NMAS Women’s Health Project (WHP) serves women ages 19 and over, focusing on women who are at high risk for transmitting or contracting HIV.

The WHP reaches women through a group of interventions designed to compliment each other and function as a continuum of prevention education opportunities for women. Below are descriptions of some of these interventions:

The WHP provides Outreach HIV Testing at the following locations on a regular basis:

• St. Martin’s Day Shelter, 2nd Monday of every month from 9-11 am

• Central and Tennessee street outreach (in conjunction with NMAS’s Family Services Outreach program) every Thursday from 5:30-7:30 pm

• Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center, every other month

A Peer Education Training Class for women at high risk for HIV/Hepatitis/STDs is offered every other month as four two-hour sessions. This class is open to women who inject drugs or have partners who inject, homeless women, women who use crack or methamphetamines, and women who do sex work. Participants are given lunch, a stipend and a hygiene kit. Topics discussed include the following:

• HIV, STDs and viral hepatitis

• Safer sex practices/partner negotiation

• Communication of prevention messages to peers

• Harm Reduction/safer injection

• Other women’s health concerns such as domestic violence, sexual assault, cervical/breast health, addiction, and mental health issues

• Community resources

Safer sex forums are available to groups of women or mixed-gender groups in the community. Safer sex forums are fun, sex-positive one to two-hour workshops in which participants learn about safer sex practices and partner negotiation through a series of interactive activities. These are offered in various community venues and may be available to groups upon request. Contact the WHP coordinator to discuss availability and whether a safer sex forum would be appropriate for your group.

The WHP coordinator is also available for Individual-level Interventions: one-on-one conversations to help create individualized prevention plans or for information and/or referrals regarding HIV, viral hepatitis, STD’s or other women’s health concerns.

For more information, please contact NMAS at (505) 938-7100